What Causes Painful Urination?
Painful urination can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose painful urination, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "painful urination" as a symptom. Here are six possibilities:
- Kidney Stones
- Ovarian Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Disease
- Urethritis-Urethral Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infection
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
significant abdominal distension
moderate abdominal pain
moderate unexplained weight loss
pain medication use
recent night sweats
major unexplained weight gain
moderate left iliac pain
significant left lumbar pain
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of painful urination:
|Urinary Tract Infection
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Urinary Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about painful urination:
Do you suffer pain or burning while urinating?
→ No / don't know
→ Very slight, barely noticeable
→ Yes, but not too worrying
→ Yes, worrying
→ Yes, severe - excruciating
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no pain while urinating, slightly painful urination, painful urination or very painful urination, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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